Weekly Roundup | June 7, 2013

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KQED 6/5/13
In Marin County, a Battle Between Salmon Survival and Property Rights
The Lagunitas Creek watershed in Marin County has been the scene of a low-key drama over the past couple of decades.
The network of creeks draining toward Tomales Bay from Mount Tamalpais is home to one of the last viable wild populations of coho salmon on our part of the California coast. Coho are an endangered species — listed by both the state and federal governments — and are getting all sorts of help to save them from extinction.
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The Oakland Tribune 6/2/13
Lake Merritt renovations to be celebrated at June 9 event
A decade ago the voters of Oakland passed a bond measure known as Measure DD — the Oakland Trust for Clean Water and Safe Parks. Nowhere have the benefits of the $198 million bond been more widely felt than in and around Lake Merritt.
A free event on June 9, “Love Our Lake Day,” promises to acknowledge and celebrate these exciting improvements.
Residents and visitors will be able to experience firsthand how the DD projects have transformed the lake and surrounding parkland with new landscaping, landmark building renovations, pathways and bridges — making walking and biking the perimeter safer and easier than ever.
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SF Gate 6/6/13
Ting’s bill on Warriors arena sails through Assembly
A controversial measure to smooth the way for a new Warriors’ arena on Piers 30-32 cruised through the Assembly Thursday on a 50-9 vote.
AB 1273, which San Francisco Assemblyman Phil Ting introduced at the request of Mayor Ed Lee and the Port of San Francisco, would allow the state Legislature, rather than the Bay Conservation and Development Commission, to determine whether the stadium plan meets the definition of a public trust as regards shoreline development.
Opponents of the project have called Ting’s measure an end run around the BCDC, which oversees and issues permits for waterfront projects. Supporters say that the commission will still retain its oversight when it comes to the placement and design of the actual project.
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KQED 6/5/13
Deep-Sea Garbage Caught on Video
We’ve all heard about the problem of trash in the oceans and seen photos of the Pacific Garbage patch and other plastic “gyres,” which coat hundreds of thousands of square ocean miles with plastic flotsam. But what happens to the heavy stuff? New research from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute shows that trash is also accumulating in the deep sea, as much as two and a half miles beneath the ocean surface. And there’s video to prove it.
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Grist 6/4/13
China’s plastic-bag ban turns five years old
What do you give a plastic-bag ban for its fifth birthday? In the case of China, which over the weekend celebrated five years of restrictions on plastic shopping bags, officials are showering their ban with accolades and crediting it with keeping tens of billions of bags out of landfills and the environment.
The rules, which took effect on June 1, 2008, ban the manufacture or use of the thinnest types of plastic bags. They also prohibit supermarkets, department stores, and grocery stores from giving away thicker varieties, requiring them to charge customers for the bags.
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San Francisco Bay Crossings 6/13
San Francisco Bay Trail Beckons Urban Adventurers
Nothing exemplifies the adage “the best things in life are free” like the San Francisco Bay Trail, the 330-mile path that offers endless outdoor joy to hikers, joggers, bikers, birders and anyone who loves meandering and discovering sights and scenes along our spectacular Bay shoreline.
Mile by mile and year by year, the Bay Trail is reaching its ultimate goal of encircling the entire Bay, extending 500 miles through all nine Bay Area counties. With a newly updated set of Bay Trail maps just issued, there is no time like the present to explore this recreational treasure. Since 2007, when the last Bay Trail maps were published, 60 miles of new trails have been completed, closing gaps and adding major new sections of paved, multi-use paths, dirt trails, bike lanes and sidewalks, with something new to explore in every county.
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Mother Nature Network 6/7/13
Palo Alto Baylands: Magnificent Marshes will take your Breath Away
The Palo Alto Baylands Preserve is a special place in the San Francisco bay area. This 1,940-acre stretch of wild space is one of the largest pieces of undisturbed marshland left in the bay area, and is considered one of the best birding spots on the West Coast. Not only is it a place for birders, but the 15 miles of multi-use trails and open water offer a wide variety of activities for visitors.
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Volunteer Spotlight | Meet Erin and Caitlin Jimenez

Meet Erin and Caitlin Jimenez from Morgan Hill, CA.

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Erin & Caitlin recently came out to volunteer with us at the Palo Alto Baylands.

How many times have you volunteered with Save The Bay?
Three times.

How did you get involved with Save The Bay?
For completing service hours for school.

What is the best thing about volunteering with Save The Bay?
Helping the environment.

What is your fondest memory of San Francisco Bay?
Science camp at the Marin Headlands.

 

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Weekly Roundup | May 31, 2013

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San Jose Mercury News 5/28/13
Chinook salmon study breaks ground in bay, Delta
On a sunny morning in the state capital, Mike McHenry, a fisherman out of Pillar Point Harbor in San Mateo County, guided his boat to a dock on the Sacramento River and readied its 10,000-gallon hold for some special cargo.
In about 10 minutes the vessel was teeming with fish, their speckled backs presenting various shades of greens, browns and yellows. Soon after, McHenry would steer his boat 109 miles to Fort Baker, just east of the Golden Gate Bridge, completing the latest phase of a groundbreaking experiment involving one of California’s most vital and popular fish, the Chinook salmon.
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Marietta Daily Journal 5/24/13
Plastic ocean debris the target of new California bill
It’s a common sight on the nation’s beaches: among the sand, sea foam and gnarled kelp lay plastic bottles, bags and other garbage.
Each year cleanup crews throughout the U.S. collect millions of pounds of plastic trash from beaches and coastal waterways, with the biggest numbers coming from California’s 1,100-mile coastline.
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The Sacramento Bee 5/27/13
California beaches brace for Japanese tsunami debris
It’s an unseasonably warm day, and Avila Beach is packed with sunbathers and tourists. Scott Milner attracts more than a few curious glances as he steps onto the beach holding a Ludlum radiation scanner and proceeds to take background readings next to the pier.
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Pressdemocrat.com 5/29/13
High mercury levels in fish caught at popular Laguna de Santa Rosa spot
Fish caught at a popular fishing spot in the Laguna de Santa Rosa between Sebastopol and Santa Rosa had unacceptably high levels of mercury, well above the threshold where health officials normally recommend against eating them, according to a new state survey.
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Daily Kos 5/7/13
Sierra Club California Condemns Governor’s Delta Policy
The campaign by Delta advocates to stop the construction of twin peripheral tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta received a big boost today when Sierra Club California called on Governor Jerry Brown to abandon his “out-of-step position” on the largest estuary on the West Coast of the Americas.
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Weekly Roundup | May 24, 2013

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USA Today 5/17/13
Bay Area renaissance: S.F.’s waterfront reinvented
All eyes will turn to the waterfront for America’s Cup races in July. And on dry land, the area boasts fun new developments.
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The New York Times 5/18/13
Is It Time to Bag the Plastic?
In my New York City apartment, the kitchen drawers, the coat closet, even the wine rack are overflowing with a type of waste that is rapidly disappearing elsewhere — the used plastic shopping bag.
Many countries and a handful of American cities have more or less done away with this supposed convenience item, by discouraging its use through plastic-bag taxes at checkout counters or outright bans. Walk down the streets of Dublin or Seattle or San Francisco and there is barely a bag in sight. Life continues.
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CBS SF Bay Area 5/17/13
State Commission Seeks Fine-Tuning Of Warriors Arena Plan 
The state commission that regulates development along the San Francisco Bay shoreline has declined to take a formal position on state legislation concerning the proposed Warriors arena on the San Francisco Waterfront.
Instead, the Bay Conservation and Development Commission has expressed a desire to see improvements in the proposal, AB 1273, authored by Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), which would clear the way for the development of the arena along Piers 30-32 on the city’s waterfront. Advocates of the project met with the Commission Thursday in hopes of securing formal support.
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San Francisco Chronicle 5/23/13
BART plans another test for bicycles 
BART directors backed away Thursday night from a recommendation to allow bikes on all trains, opting first for a five-month test period, starting in July.
After a nearly two-hour hearing, the BART board voted 6-3 to conduct the test instead of the other option it was considering, which was to end its policy of banning bikes on trains during peak commute hours.
The directors voted to allow bikes on all trains – in all but the first three cars – from July 1 through Dec. 1 with careful monitoring and a review in October.
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Bay Nature 5/23/13
East Bay hills tree removal debate catches fire
Last week, a post on the news website BeyondChron.org lit up our corner of the internet: it popped up in emails, on Facebook, and on Twitter with a scathing review of a proposal to remove nonnative trees from hundreds of acres scattered across the East Bay Hills.
For many local residents, especially those who arrived after the 1991 East Bay firestorm, the proposal seemed to come out of nowhere. Most people who lived through that fire or who live in the hills know this particular proposal has been a decade and more in the making, and the debate over fuels reduction in the hills goes back at least 20 years.
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Boat U.S. 5/22/13
Through The Golden Gate And Into Summer 
San Francisco is the hot spot this August, as the America’s Cup races bring the international sailing world to the West Coast. Here’s a boater’s inside guide to the bay, to river hideaways and wine country, and to the main event.
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Weekly Roundup | May 17, 2013

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Los Angeles Times 5/15/13newspaper
Volunteers pull tons (and tons) of trash from California waterways
The Ocean Conservancy has run the numbers, and over the course of a single day in September 2012, more than 500,000 volunteers from across the globe collected 10 million pounds of trash from beaches and waterways. The top three most common items collected were cigarettes and cigarette filters (2.1 million), food wrappers (1.1 million), and plastic beverage bottles (1 million).
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San Jose Mercury News 5/13/13
River otters are making a comeback in the Bay Area
On a cool winter evening just before sunset, birdwatcher Helen Daley spotted something entirely unexpected slithering in the waters of Los Gatos Creek.
“I turned the binoculars on it,” Daley said. “It was moving, and the water was shaped like a ‘V.’ It dived under, and its tail slipped up. It was a tapered, long tail. It wasn’t like that of a rat or beaver.”
Daley, a nurse who lives in the Cambrian Park area of San Jose, rushed home and confirmed online that the animal she saw was a North American river otter.
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Grist 5/13/13
Green vs. green: The slimy battle for Drakes Bay
It’s springtime at the Point Reyes National Seashore, about an hour outside of San Francisco, and the cold wind whips off the sea and through the tall grass along the cliffs. Cows wander and graze along the fingers of land that reach out into the estuary’s tiny bays, an area altogether encompassing just over three square miles.
Beyond the estuary, at the outer edges of the seashore, seals sun themselves on the beaches, packed in tightly and squirming along the shoreline.
From March through June, the estuary is quiet. The seashore boasts more than 28,000 acres of agricultural land, most of it for beef and dairy production — but it’s pupping season for the seals, and the National Park Service has instated its annual ban on the motorboats that usually zip around the estuary, planting and harvesting millions of oysters for the Drakes Bay Oyster Company.
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Marin Independent Journal 5/10/13
Environmentalists, officials turn out in Tiburon to cheer SF Bay wetlands designation
With choppy Richardson Bay as a backdrop, dozens of people gathered at the Lyford House in Tiburon on a breezy Friday afternoon to celebrate the naming of San Francisco Bay as an international Ramsar “wetland of importance.”
The designation adds the bay to a list of protected areas under an international treaty among 163 countries signed in Ramsar, Iran, in 1971 to limit damaging development along ecologically important waterways.
“It took more than four years to make all this happen,” said Rowan Gould, deputy director of operations for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “Wetlands are not only internationally important, they are important in the communities we live in.”
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Daily Kos 5/12/13
Costa Introduces Legislation To Strip ESA Protections For Delta Fish
Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) has introduced legislation to exempt the Central Valley  and State Water projects from Delta pumping restrictions required under the Endangered Species Act to protect Central Valley salmon and Delta smelt.
Costa claimed the  “More Water and Security for Californians Act” would “significantly increase” the water supply in the Valley and growers who receive water from the Central Valley Project (CVP) and the State Water Project (SWP) would see greater “water security.”
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Grist 5/14/13
Determined kids in small California town push for plastic bag ban
You may have read about some hardworking, smart, and civic-minded students who, back in 2011 and 2012, fought to keep their local river park open. Fought and won, actually. Well, students from that same school, Grass Valley Charter in Grass Valley, Calif., are now on to another battle — with the help of students from other area schools, they want to push Nevada County to put a ban on single-use plastic bags and start charging for paper bags. These kids are unstoppable.
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